RATINGS: 2842   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.26/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 426   ABV: 14.2%
"I really wanted to do something special for our 1000th batch at the original brewpub. Goose Island could have thrown a party. But we did something better. We brewed a beer. A really big batch of stout-so big the malt was coming out of the top of the mash tun. After fermentation we brought in some bourbon barrels to age the stout. One hundred and fifty days later, Bourbon County Stout was born-A liquid as dark and dense as a black hole with a thick foam the color of bourbon barrels. The nose is a mix of charred oak, vanilla,carmel and smoke. One sip has more flavor than your average case of beer. It overpowers anything in the room. People have even said that its a great cigar beer, but I havent yet tried a cigar that would stand up to it." Brewmaster Greg Hall;
IBUs 60-High Color - Midnight
Was 11% abv,
2007 and 2008 - 13% abv
2011 - 14.5% abv
2012 - 15% abv
2013 - 14.9% abv
2014 - 14.4% abv
2015 - 14.2% abv

Editors Note: Baudoinia Fulton & Wood Series offering (And the Low Storage entry from FoBAB 2012) is simply Bourbon County Stout aged in the same barrels. It has been alted as it offers no different recipe or barrel type simply the presence of a distillers fungus on the barrels that adds no distinct characteristic to the beer from the fungus itself except for possible oxygen exposure changes. While Brewers Intent indicates that they consider it a new beer, no true distinction aside from this oxidation amount and possible aging time differences separates the beers. Its essentially a single barrel Bourbon County version something we have always treated as regular Bourbon County Stout in the past.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fozapd (33) - Burlington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Wow! Part bourbon, part stout....two great tastes that go great together. OK_ seriously this one poured a thick black colored body with no noticeable head. My wife commented it looked like motor oil (to me that was a positive). The taste was incredible. A nice strong stout as the backbone with a strong flavor of bourbon! This one was very enjoyable, but not for anyone who is timid around dark beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Sample @ EBF, 2/2007. Oh. My. God. Pours a deep brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some slight vanilla. Flavor is incredibly powerful, with mocha and chocolate notes in the front battling the bourbon notes that come out later. A strong, heavy, complex beer that pulls no punches. Definitely tasted like a highly alcoholic beer, but well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2007
Pours black with a light film that quickly developed into a small brown head. Roasty aroma, chocolate and coffee. Starts slightly bitter, ends with some sweetness. Alcohol is noticable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2007
The 12 ounce bottle poured an absolutely black beverage with a small mocha brown frothy head that was completely gone in less than 2 minutes and left no lacing (of course). The aroma was a rich pungent mixture of dark dried fruits, caramel, coffee and cherries. The body was very full with a soft carbonation and a thick, oily texture. Talk about a meal in a glass; I almost had to chew this one!. The flavor was very impressive starting out bursting full of sweetness that lasted throughout the long finish accompanied, at the end, by a nice smooth alcohol warmth in the chest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2007
Pours almost pitch black with a small head. Very powerfull and well balanced. Roasted and malty with notes of dark fruits and berries - coffee and bitter chocolate - and also a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Thanks to hatchy for picking this from my wants list up for me during his travels to Chicago. Pours a deep motor oil black with a medium creamy/bubbly deep tan head that left some bubbly lacing. Aroma of vanilla, bourbon, woody, roasted malts, dark chocolate dipped cherries, hints of oxidation and hints of smoke. Flavor of vanilla, nuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lingering smokiness, some bourbon, cherries. Really like how the flavor lingers into a roasty/toasted malt sweetness. Alcohol well hidden by all the malty sweetness. A top Imp Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2007
2005 bottling. Aroma very woody,light bourbon notes. Poured a dark swirling black although reminded me of cola. Flavor was very nice, vanilla, oak, dark malts and just a tinge of sweetness. Palate was silky and smooth though not overly thick. Overall, Im very satisfied that Ive tried this several times and waited to rate it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 9, 2007
2005 and 2006 side by side. Minor differences, the only which were notable were a thicker mouthfeel and bolder flavor from the 05. Pours pitch raven black, oily and discernibly incredibly thick. A thin dark brown head forms atop the body, motionless after coagulation. the head, along with the fantastic lacing it dragged behind, would manage to mostly last through the entire length of the quaff. The aroma is vicious and unforgettable. Never has so much whisky been so seemlessly integrated, yet so pronounced and crushing. An amazing feat of barrel. Charred oak notes and vanilla follow, then monumental roasted malt, bittersweet dark chocolate, licorice in moderation, sweet dark fruits and apricot puree. Alcohol is moderate to heay, and in the earlier batch hasnt faded much, so its definitely a sipper. The flavor almost warrants a 10, if not for the heavy alcohol Id probably award that perfect score. Bitterness is medium-high, sweetness is as well, combining to create some absurd extreme balance. Coffee, chocolate, light anise and wave after pounding wave of bourbon light up the tastebuds. The taste is really frenzied and complex. Fruit notes are mild and almost lost in the presence of the alcohol. Finishes lightly acidic, lightly bitter and very roasty, chocolate notes lingering. Alcoholic warmth is substantial. The mouthfeel is very creamy, lightly carbonated and lightly tannic. Full bodied would be a gross understatement. A marvelous beer, expressing both power and beauty equally and gracefully. At various points while sipping this, beauty becomes rage, as the heavy roastiness and bourbon notes crash like waves against a seawall. Truly mighty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2007
poured into snifter. had this beer in the brew pub but did not rate, brought some back with me..... definitly a demanding beer to drink... not a session to say the least. pours a thick motor oil glug black consistency... has a dark caramel head... sweet bourbon on the aroma. thick and syrupy on the palate, with a bourbon finish. good but a strong beer. you feel the alchohol warmth on the finish. has a complexity that brings something new almost every drink. vanilla is on the finish coming from the bourbon, the strength and warmth does not hide itself well... has an imposing front, but the finish and aftertaste make you come back for more, a fun complex, good drink.. i like it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle dated 070306. Pours black, totally opaque; oily. Decent tan head quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. The aroma is intense: day-old campfire, chicory, chocolate, vanilla, raisins, oak. Beautiful, complex flavor. Sweeter than I anticipated, with a warm, smooth bourbon finish that sticks on your teeth and gums till you lick it off. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Velvety and a bit syrupy. Tremendous beer.

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